AG2r La Mondiale team rider Christophe Riblon of France on l’Alpe d’Huez yesterday on his way to winning Stage 18 of the Tour de France. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Well, that certainly didn’t go to plan. On the most famous climb in cycling, on the day when I’d be riding past a thousand Irish fans on Alpe d’Huez, (...)

Andre Greipel of Germany  wins  the sixth stage of the Tour de France  in Montpellier yesterday. Photograph: Laurent Rebours/AP

As expected, stage six of the Tour was all about staying in the right place, not being caught out, not losing time. It was a pretty nervous, stressful(...)

The peloton negotiates a climb during stage three from Ajaccio to Calvi in Corsica.

Stage 3, Ajaccio - Calvi (145.5km)The Tour de France is three stages down and now moves to the French mainland in Nice. The time in Corsica came to an(...)